Contrary to the mainstream view that Ron Paul supporters have returned The Shire to write comprehensive Things We Would Abolish lists and plot of the rise of Rand Paul, Paululons are not done wrecking havoc with Mitt Romney's electoral plans. The Associated Press has found three Republican electors — in Iowa, Nevada, and Texas — who are considering not casting their vote for Romney even if he carries their state's popular vote…
"They've never given Ron Paul a fair shot, and I'm disgusted with that. I'd like to show them how disgusted I am," said Melinda Wadsley, an Iowa mother of three who was selected a Republican elector earlier this year. She said she believes Paul is the better choice and noted that the Electoral College was founded with the idea that electors wouldn't just mimic the popular vote.
The defection of multiple electors would be unprecedented in the last 116 years of U.S. politics.
In addition to several plausible scenarios that would create a 269-269 electoral college tie, sufficient defections could also deny either candidate the 270 votes necessary to secure the presidency. If so, the presidential election would be thrown to the House of Representatives, where each state delegation will be required to vote as a block, and the vice president will be selected by the U.S. Senate by majority vote.
If a majority of House delegations remain Republican while Democrats hold the Senate, Mitt Romney may win the presidency while Joe Biden holds on to the VP slot. At which point, the electoral college would finally begin to approximate an actual American college. Nobody graduates from it — at least not on time — but it sure does inspire a lot of binge drinking.
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